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Mi Revalueshanary Fren
Linton Kwesi Johnson
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Mi Revalueshanary Fren
Linton Kwesi Johnson

“With fiery verse and spellbinding, often reggae-backed, performances, the Jamaican-born, London-based Johnson helped create the hybrid genre of dub poetry in the late 1970s. Mixing militancy with pathos, ballad forms with subtler narrative modes; LKJ (as he’s known) remains a leading voice of Afro-Caribbean Britain... Using Jamaican Creole, rather than standard English, LKJ tries at once to speak for a nation within a nation and to craft a populist idiom with potentially universal appeal, drawing terms and attitudes from Jamaican culture, biblical teachings and Black Power: ‘All oppression/ can do is bring/ passion to di heights of eruption,’ he promises; ‘we’re di forces af victri/ an wi comin rite through.’ Here are manifestos for the African Diaspora, reggae protests against police brutality and, toward the end of the volume, introspective, even erotic, verse. His lingo poses no barrier to comprehension; more problematic for Americans might be poems based on news events (such as the 1981 New Cross Massacre in London) poorly publicized here.”—Publishers Weekly

“The man writes some of the most moving poetry to be found in popular music. The achingly sad ‘Sonny’s Lettah’ is alone worth the price of admission.”—David Bowie, Vanity Fair


Includes a CD of LKJ reading the pieces.

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“Few poets of the last thirty years have approached his diversity of formal innovations; few have communicated so intensively via performances and recordings, as often as not with integral musical settings; and few have proved so effective politically…a living modern classic for real.” —London Magazine

“You can just hear the reggae drumbeat as his verse vacillates among fire, anger, fear, profound loss, and victory.”—Savoy Magazine, January 2007

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